1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
Tripadvisor was my gateway drug to authorship. I wrote up a completely factual holiday report, but using a comic style that I borrowed from Douglas Adams with a dash of Terry Pratchett and people loved it! It got over a hundred responses and it was as if a lightbulb had gone on. I can write! And I’ve been trying to prove it ever since
The report is still on-line and can be seen here https://goo.gl/CNUaCZ
2) What inspired you to write your book?
I thought it was a good idea. I’ve always hates the idea of an effect without a cause (lots of books have zombies, but very few explain *why* the dead are suddenly ambling around.) But I had an idea that would not only explain the sort-of-zombies but also why someone would want them.
3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
Hope. That there is always a way, there is always a sunrise.
4) What drew you into this particular genre?
Stephen King. I picked up Salem’s Lot on a whim mumbly years ago and loved the clear direct way he could tell a story, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
5) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
Facebook. Everyone tells me that Twitter is the place to be, but as someone once said. A twit is like shouting in a crowded room.
6) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
Keep on keeping on, and, it’s easier to correct a page of bad wring than a page of no writing
7) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
My third book ‘One step way’ is being published soon. This opens with three suicide bombers who step out from their Bronx apartment to an alien world that will be their prison for the rest of their lives. My forth book (so far untitled) opens with two men driving their car into the Hudson River and deliberately drowning themselves.
Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure. http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com